Press Releases: Historiography Edition

Colin Willis-The Indian Ocean: how geography shaped history

Historiographical Connections

Global History, Digital History, Annales

Geographical Location

Indian Ocean


Citation for website

Indian Ocean in World History. Indian Ocean in World History. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2022 from

Press Release

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center an institutional library that focuses on the educational richness of the Arabian, Islamic world. Many Authors from there have there books in the library to provide different looks into the history of the The Islamic world. Especially with the emphasis on the histographical side of history. Which is the focus of the land or geological sites in that area. 

Content was a website that was created by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center(SQCC) to provide multiple styles of historical fields. Three such fields or disciplines include Global History, Digital History, Annales. The website provides maps from centuries such as the Prehistoric era all the way to precent day. These digital maps provide insights of what the region was like during those era and how it shaped cultures in those areas. The SQCC was established in 2005 by the U.S. government and others to provide an informational experience about the Arabic world. They receive most of their funding through the government and contributors.


the SQCC have used digital, global, and annales history to provide valuable information on the Arabian world. Their focus on the global history side of things focus on the Indian Ocean. This is a focal point for them as it gives a more detailed look of the region. How they use this method is through one of their many information cites like to look up researchers on that region. One such researcher that can be found on there is  Edward Alpers who wrote The Indian Ocean in world history which was about the location itself and the many cultures that were shaped around this ocean. Digital historyDigital is the use of digital media to further historical analysis, presentation, and research. It is a branch of the digital humanities and an extension of quantitative history, cliometrics, and computing. as can be seen in the website the the SQCC created, manufactured or produced maps of each era of the Indian Ocean with authors and contributors coming together to discuss the Indian Ocean throughout that era. They are also using digital history to provide a historical analysis of the Indian Ocean.

Critiques and Impact on Historiography

Not many critiques can be found on these types of subdiciplines as they provide many researchers with the information that is required for their own works. They also provide young scholars a different look in to regional  studies as well.


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